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Plainville, Mass., August 27, 1920
OVER FORTY PROPOSE
NAME FOR NEW PAPER
WANTED— A WIFE!
COXTEST TO CLOSE WEDNESDAY
Prize Burns i:i Committee's Pock-
ets While Waiting For Satis-
Again "The News" appears with-
out a "regular" name. Practically
all the proposals came in too late for
the Committee to choose a title in time
for a cut to be made for this issue.
Over 40 proposals have been re-
ceived. We pi blish some below. If
ymi can boat any of them, turn in
your proposal— and your chances are
better for that prize if you propose
more than one.
The Snappy News
The W. & D. Employees' Booster
The Mesh Bag Mirror
The White Dove
W. & D. Bye-Opener
The W. & I). News
The W. & D. Booster
The Factory Booster
The Pursemakers' News
The W. ft D. Shop News
The W. & D. Family
The Mesh World
God Save the King.
Sam Harker has returned from an
extended tour of England and is now
filling his former position in the Tool
Room. While over 'ome, Sam con-
ducted a personal investigation into
the affairs of the British Empire, and
along with other prominent men in-
terviewed Lloyd George on the ques-
tion of Home Rule. Sam says that he
and Lloyd George agree that the Irish
Question will be settled sometime but
disagree as to the date of the settle-
Mr. Rammel's Gold Department
can show a record that any matrimon-
ial agency, alive or extinct, would be
glad to advertise. Within the last
two months three girls in the depart-
ment have looked and leaped into the
.sea which has so many little troubles.
Not only that, but the boss himself
took the dive.
All this is very impressive, but it
is to none more than to Mr. A. Coren,
probably the most accomplished lin-
guist in the shop. Mr. Coren anxious-
ly desires to find a suitable wife, in
order to fall in behind the band. In
his own country, he says, he would
never have stayed so long off the mat-
Here is a wonderful opportunity
for a young lady to secure a worse
half at half the price. Any may ap-
ply, provided they are between the
ages of sixteen and sixty. Looks are
non-essential, Mr. Coren says, as they
are all beautiful to him. He does
show favor, however, to those who
have hair of that Titian hue such as
RELIEF GIVES OUT
$1,887.08 NOW ON HAND
We had a beautiful picture for
this space, but on bringing it to the
printer we found that Ollie's smile
was too broad to fit the column. 01-
lie, if you haven 't already guessed, is
none other than 14Karat Gagnon,
foreman of the die-cuttng depart-
ment, and famous golf-player. In this
latter accomplishment he still uses
an adding machine to figure out his
score, but nevertheless expects soon to
challenge Ted Ray.
hu .1 Kit that
■L e^BPnt that the which
■blished in the last issue of
^BBBaper, referring to certain
^^fcrty of mine, should be ap-
propriately answered. I refuse,
however, to retaliate, as a proper
answer to articles of that sort
would serve only to lower the high
standards of this paper
LEE J. iik;<;i\ t s
Only Fifty-two Per Cent, of Em-
ployees Now Belong to
By Pres. W. J. Fuller
August 15, 1920
Net Cash on hand, Jan. 19,
Receipts to Aug. 15, 1920 1,377.55
Cash on hand, Aug. 15,
This is hardly a fair time to make a
statement of the condition of the Mu-
tual Relief Association, as it will be
noticed that we are about $500.00 be-
hind the statement of January 15.
This can be explained by saying that
it is not due to ah increase in the
treasurer's salary but to the fact that
the greatest portion of the sickt
in the year occurs during the months
from January to May, when influen-
za and colds are most prevalent.
In these four months we had an
average of ten people drawing week-
ly benefits, while at present there are
only two on the list. These are ex-
pected to be of short duration, and if
this ratio continues we shall make
up in the balance of the year what
we have run behind to date. On Jan-
uary 1, 1921, we will be able to show
as good a balance as at the beginning
of this year. The expenses during this
half year also include the bills for the
annual meeting and for the closing
up of last year's accounts.
We feel that not enough attention
las been paid in the past to the Re-
lief Association. There is now only
52 per cent, of the people in the shop
in the Relief. We want that other
-IS per cent. Every foreman and de-
partment manager should make it
their business to sec that when a new
employee comes in they should
he fully instructed as to the Relief
Association— itS OOSt, its benefits, and
its privileges. Increase our members,
Cont'd on page 3
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by the Employees of Whiting »fc Davis
Company, Plainville. Mast
W. J. Fuller Lee Hit-gin?
F. Gaddes H. B. Rowan
J.«VGagnon O. Soderstrom
YOU NEVER CAN TELL
Some time ago one of the men in
the Tool Room got mixed up with the
planer. He was away from his work
~ral weeks getting repaired: long
enough, in fact, to have entitled him
to over $50.00 in sick benefits. But
he did not belong to the Relief Asb
ciation. He does belong now.
Nobody knows just when he's go*
_ *o get caught in a machine, collide
on the corner with an automobile, or
entertain a large and multiplying
family of lively and husky germs.
And the biggest and healthiest of
us sometimes hit the ground hare
or prove the happiest hunting ground
for the deadliest microbes. That is
the time when the $8.00 paid by the
Relief Association comes in like a life
saver. At least it saves a lot of worry,
which alone is capable of putting
most of us on the rocks.
Don't wait for a campaign. Sign
now on the dotted line which any of
the officers will proffer you.
Are you one who hasn't turned in a
proposal of a name for the shop's en-
terprise in newspaper making? If
you are. don't criticize, but try to
think up one you believe to be better
than any of those so far turned in.
There are no restrictions on the
names, outside of length. The pres-
ent plan Ls to have a background or
decoration either of the shop or of a
mesh bag. Practically any of those
already proposed could thus be used.
The Committee wants more work —
and the possibilities have not at all
D exhausted. The name contest
closes Wednesday, in time to have the
lucky one chosen and the cut made
up for the next issue, two weeks from
FROM A FACTORY BULLETIN
"The Wigwam", the house publica-
tion of the Savage Tire Company,
runs a department it calls "The Fac-
tory Bulletin." In a recent issue,
ction contained the following
pertinent paragraphs :
NOTICE OF LEAVING
Do not wait until the last minute
to give notice of leaving. If you are
thinking of leaving, talk the matter
over with your foreman. Leave a good
feeling behind. You may want to
come back some time.
Any employee having kicks or com-
plaints, make them within the four
walls of the plant.
It often does good to kick in the
plant to the proper authority. It
never does any good to kick outside.
Put your kicks in the form of sug-
gestions and drop them into the sug-
DONT DODGE RESPONSIBILITY
Dodging responsibility is a sen<-
less habit that started way back in th-
Garden of Eden when Adam blamed
Eve for tempting him to eat the ap-
ple and Eve in turn blamed the s~r-
pent. If mistakes have been made,
be honest and manly about it. Admit
your part and the part your men have
in making them. It saves long argu-
ments and puts vou in the right light.
The young man who would be sue-
-ful should remember ^ie special
thing. Make yourself re^Risible for
something — responsibil
You will find that
give you back just what you]
it. The cash in advance i(
not prevail in any business any mnr- 1
than in life. The code letters for in-
creased salaries are "C. O. D.
Authorities state that more acci-
dents in industrial plants occur dur
ing the last hour of the morning and
the last hour of the afternoon than
during any other period of the day.
To -The News":
The thought uppermost in the
minds of a good many is the manner
in which we can make the dollars we
earn at the factory cover our n« -
and leave us something to pass in to
the Savings Bank Teller. It would
:i that there are enough here to es-
ish a system of quantity buying
of necessities, thus to cut down our
living expenses and still have the
things we really need.
An association could very possibly
be gotten up to deal in these things.
It would probably take a little time
and patience but the principle is to
It would be well perhaps to have
suggestions from people as to the pos-
ities of such a plan. I should be
glad to hear through the columns of
News" any < pinions or sug_
tions on the plan, whether or not it
would be feasible in the Whiting
KENNETH L. HEWES
With deep regret. 'The News" an-
nounces the death on August 13 of
Kenneth L. Hew . of Mr. and
Mrs. William K. Hewes of Plainville.
The funeral was held Sunday. Au-
gust 15 under the auspices of the
American Legion. John Edward Me*
Nri: Post, No. 217.
"'Ken," as he was known to every -
in the shop, came to work with
Whiting ft Davis in May. 1919. H-
v. as in the Shipping Department un-
til September when he was trans-
ferred to the Bench Department,
where he worked until he was ta-
fatally sick. Before coming here, he
was in the service, being stationed at
Camp Devens. »
K>n Hewes was one of the best-
liked men in the shop and highly *
ned by the community. He took
an active interest in shop affairs and
was historian and war risk officer of
the Plainville Post of the American
Legion. In him. Whiting <5c Davis has
- an employee of whom they were
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SUPPLYING WORLD NEEDS
At a meeting of the American Iron
and Steel Institute recently, Judge
Elbert H. Gary, its President, cited
these significant statistics:
"Notwithstanding the United
States has only 6 per cent, of the
World's population and 7 per cent.
of the world's land, yet we produce
of the world 's supply :
Of gold 20 per cent.
Of wheat 23 " "
Of iron and steel 40 " "
Of lead 40 " "
Of silver 40 " "
Of zinc 50 " "
Of coal 52 " "
Of aluminum 60 " "
Of copper 60 " "
Of cotton 60 " "
Of oil 66 " "
Of corn 75 " "
Of automobiles 85 " "
To say nothing of 95 per cent, of
the world's MESH BAGS, of which
practically all are made right here in
Hospital Runs Full Time
Fifty cases are now Doctor Cote's
average per day. Most of them are
headaches or small accidents such as
minor burns or cuts, but more serious
accidents are not infrequent.
On Saturday, August 14, Ray Swal-
low of the Wire Department, stepped
on a charged wire and was thrown
unconscious. He was carried to the
hospital and stimulants were admin-
istered. He soon recovered.
Peter Ringuette was hit in the eye
last Wednesday by a piece of steel.
The steel cut through the lid into the
eyeball. Dr. Cote, assisted by Dr.
Tellier, of North Attleboro, success-
fully performed an operation, al-
though the wound has not healed suf-
ficiently to allow Ringuette to work.
Lilly Cote of Franklin was treated
last week for an infection in her left
hand which will keep her out for some
In this issue of "The News" we
lack news from the Woonsocket and
Middleboro branches, but we hope
that in our next we may have both
their hats in the ring.
RELIEF FINANCES, Cont'd
for in numbers there is strength, an
increase in the amount of funds to
We would impress upon all the em-
ployees, both old and new, the extent
of the Reliefs' work. It does not
guarantee to pay them their regular
wages, but it does pay them eight
dollars a week when away from their
work because of sickness. A joining
fee of 25 cents, and a tax of ten cents
per week, taken out of the pay,
amounting in all to $5.20 per year or
less than one week's benefit, are the
fees of the Relief.
In order that every member maj'
get prompt payment for their term of
sickness, we would request that when-
ever a member is out, the matter
should be reported at once. They will
then be put on the sick list and the
factory nurse will call on them to give
any needed assistance. There have
been a number of cases where the
management did not know that an ab-
sent person had been sick. Sick bene-
fits are good only from time of notifi-
cation, and not from the beginning of
the sickness when the officers are not
It may not be known that the firm
contributes $10.00 per week to the Re-
lief 's funds. It is its wish that every
employee join the association. Let
every one work to that end and get
the lacking 48 per cent., so that every-
one mav have sick insurance.
Fogelberg at Middleboro
Charles Fogelberg of the Polishing
Room started to work on Monday
morning at the Middleboro branch.
Although he was one of the buffing
force here, Mr. Fogelberg will do
bobbing work in his new position.
For some^me the polishing heads
in the shonA«e all been in use, while
thnfl Ulelioro factory have
burl jhen interviewed this
Tgelberg stated that he
Barly keen for his new job.
anr^^^Rited that Middleboro girls
were keen for him.
RIDE A BICYCLE of national
reputation. Arthur B. Squires, agent
for Black Beauty wheels, E. Bacon
FOR SALE— Pigs, eight weeks old.
E. P. Ouillette, Stamp Room.
Manager Frank Brown
By winning last Saturday's game
from the American Legion, the Knights
of Columbus clinched the pennant of
the 1920 Twilight League. Previous
to that, a week ago last Wednesday,
Whiting & Davis gave up its chances
to the title by losing to the American
But though the K of C has won this
pennant, we challenge all to look out
for 1921. We are going to be there
with both feet. And there is one con-
solation about this season's race---we
do not oamp out in the cellar.
The team wishes to thank all the
loyal rooters who gave their support
during the season, and also to Mr.
Whiting for his generosity in making
it possible for it to appear in uniforms
and with full equipment at the games.
Ray Fulton pitched for the Mason
Box outtit in a game at Walpole re-
cently and carried the team through
with a win. He looks good for next
Speaking about next year's material,
did you see Sheriff Crotty show his
speed in that steal home ?
We still have the Brown Derby in
reserve, although we had several
chances this year to pass it oat.
'''Land-office" is about the only
word to apply to the business Sam
DeBois carried on selling candy dur-
ing recess periods. The profits were
great enough to enable him to retire
from the lowly Rolling Department
and start out in the high class store-
keeper's business on Park street. Sam
hopes all his old customers will eon
tinue this patronage. "Variety" is
his watch word and he says the girls
can buy gum and hairpins at the same
counter in his store.
What attracts Benny Labrie to
Oakland Beach 1 Benny hasn't miss-
ed a week end since summer began.
Coutu is building a new body for
his llop-llopmobile. lie will gladly
accept any old boxesthat aren't good
for anything else.
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Caught in the mesh
Fred Lyons has returned from a
y of two weeks hi Bar Harbor, Me.
Fred didn't take his machine as this
was his vacation.
Paul Stefani believes in taking ad-
vantage of all the newest inventions.
Paul has traded in his right hand
drive Overland for a left hand drive
of the same make.
Great men like George Washington,
C harles Ponzi. and Henry Desautels
are always in the news. Henry, for
instance, has so many accomplish-
ments that we can't keep him out.
This week Saturday he will stand on
1 is hands on the edge of a bucket of
soap suds. Last week his hands slip-
ped but he now feels capable of per-
forming for an audience.
Over 1800 bottles of soft drinks
were served at the Outing at the
Pomham Club. Were they enough to
relieve the thirst?
0. L. Walden, of the Bench De-
partment, gets paid for forty-eight
hours whether he works or not, having
hern with the firm for forty-four
Under this head, Dr. Bertha G.
Cote, the factor}) nurse, will write
for every issue a short article on
sanitary conditions about the shop
and on precautionary measures for
When something is called to your
attention, you all are willing to
learn — you want to know all about
it. Here is something — do you
know that to use another person's
drinking cup, or to dry your hands
on some one else's towel, is a seri-
ous danger to you ?
IT IS — and for that reason you
are all asked to get your own
glasses and towels. Consider the
risk you take in this matter and for
your own protection, follow the
rules of hygiene ,
Bertha G. Cote.
You can't be healthy, pretty, or
• fjood, unless you keep clean.
— Z7. »S'. Railroad Administration
Mr. Morgan is certainly getting af-
ter the lawn and putting it in fine
shape. When the new power lawn
mower first came he had it going so
fast he had to run to keep up with
it. He has, however, evidently got
tired of his exertions for he will
shortly attach a horn to the machine,
to keep track of its whereabouts and
yet allow him to follow it at a leisure-
The Womens' Relief Corps here in
Plainvjlleis again open for member-
ship. Here's where Mr. Fuller shines
Someone said gasoline is cheaper.
The reason given is that Horace Chee-
ver was touring in his Overland as far
away as Franklin last week-end.
It is all off with the new restaurant
now. Bill Sweet has found the latest
formula for knocking out the high
cost of living. He claims that an ice-
cream cone and a couple of Sweet
Caps is sufficient for any man's din-
John Brant wishes us to state that
he is in the market for Fords, since he
he desires to perfect his sedan with
newer parts. The secret is that John
has started a penny bank and will of-
fer you at least half what you think
your Ford is worth.
Mr. Gunner of the Gold Depart-
ment, champion dietician of the whole
shop, made a trip last week to New
York in the interests of the wet plank.
According to him, he did not slip
That either an extremely rich uncle
is about to leave Louis his money, or
else something equally important is
about to happen, is evidenced by the
great joy with whic h J Ju is Babcock
carries on his work. M f ailsjfcii-
vulge the secret. ^^
Members of the Gold
claim their's is the worst nBf^h in
the shop. The reason is apparent. It
is immediately adjacent to Mrs. Simp-
sou's kitchen. This would be tough
on anyone. Mrs. Simpson usually be-
gins canning around 10.30 a. m., and
the Department immedately feels
hungry as the smells of peaches and
other fruits waft in.
Think what the sad sea waves of
Maine are missing. Miss Yuill of the
Gold Department was prevented at
the last moment from going to Old
Orchard on her vacation.
Ed Hurlin has purchased a new Es-
sex. Far be it from us to publish any
free advertising, but Ed's sole line of
conversation is the eminent qualities
of the car. Ed ought to know, how-
ever. He went to Sag Harbor, from
there to New York, and back to Plain-
ville to try it out.
Harry Rowan says that age is no
handicap — that is, the age of a Stutz.
This vacation he took a trip to Wash-
ington, stopping in Philadelphia and
Baltimore en route.
Miss Beatrice Burton has left the
low-brow Foreign Department to re-
turn to school.
Harry Kenerson. who for the past
year has been employed in the Mesh
Room, has resigned his position. He
has sold his property here and will
leave in a few weeks for Elderbank,
near Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Miss Elsie Quirk has returned af-
ter a thorough boiling out.
Mr. Wilfred Andrews now holds the
honorable position of errand boy of
the Mesh Room, through default of
Mr. Henry Dargis. Mr. Dargis felt
that he could carry out his errands of
love while walking home after work
completely enough. Evidently he has
learned the old adage : Business be-
The quartet in the Coloring Room
is now practising on the popular tune :
•I'll Do It," by Matt Brennan.
Ed Corrigan is achieving great
success in the Coloring Room as de-
It took Frank 'Donnell two weeks
work after hours to fix his Scripps-
Booth so that it would go. Now that
he has it in perfect running order,
Frank expects to work nights. "Can
you beat it?" Frank inquires.
Ask Boenkoe how things were roll-
ing in Milferd the other night. Why
Montreal, w 'ien Milf ord is so near *